A war novel is a novel in which the primary action takes place in a field of armed combat, or in a domestic setting (or home front) where the characters are preoccupied with the preparations for, or recovery from, war.

See history for specific wars.

Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution
War Girls (War Girls, #1)
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All
The Poppy Wife: A Novel of the Great War
A Castle in Wartime: One Family, Their Missing Sons, and the Fight to Defeat the Nazis
Beyond the Horizon
How Fires End
No Surrender: A Father, a Son, and an Extraordinary Act of Heroism That Continues to Live on Today
Vicksburg: Grant's Campaign That Broke the Confederacy
Agents of Influence: A British Plot, a Canadian Spy, and the Secret Effort to Bring America into World War II
Blood & Ice (Silk and Steel #3)
H-Hour (Northern Fury, #1)
Under the Broken Sky
The Nugget (World War II Navy #6)
The Dressmaker's Gift
Cilka's Journey (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #2)
Once Night Falls
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
The Nightingale
Sea of Memories
The World That We Knew
The Reckoning
A Single Thread
The Rabbit Girls
They Called Us Enemy
Lilac Girls (Lilac Girls, #1)
White Bird
Come Home to Me (Homefront, #0.5; Coming Home #5.5)
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. MassieThe Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956 by Aleksandr I. SolzhenitsynCatherine the Great by Robert K. MassiePeter the Great by Robert K. MassieA People's Tragedy by Orlando Figes
Best Russian History Books
347 books — 326 voters

Band of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseBlack Hawk Down by Mark BowdenHiroshima by John HerseyUnbroken by Laura HillenbrandOn Killing by Dave Grossman
Best Non-fiction War Books
1,349 books — 1,701 voters
Unspoken Abandonment by Bryan A. WoodWar by Sebastian JungerOutlaw Platoon by Sean  ParnellLone Survivor by Marcus LuttrellHouse to House by David Bellavia
Best Iraq and Afghanistan War Books
227 books — 381 voters

The Book Thief
All Quiet on the Western Front
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
All the Light We Cannot See
The Things They Carried
The Diary of a Young Girl
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
The Art of War: A New Translation by Michael Nylan
The Nightingale
A Farewell to Arms
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)

Margaret Atwood
War is what happens when language fails.
Margaret Atwood

Kristin Hannah
If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.
Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

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